Sign and Send… Poetry Masterclasses with Mandy Coe

Award winning poet Amanda Coe is leading two Wordpool Poetry Masterclasses and four poems written during these will feature in Wordpool’s Town Centre Poetry Trail in a number of empty shop windows around the town centre.

Prize-winning poet and author of six books,  Mandy Coe has been featured on BBC radio and television (Woman’s Hour, Poetry Please and CBeebies) as well as the Radio Times and the Guardian.

Based in the North West of England, Mandy writes poetry for adults and children and as an educationalist has been commissioned to write poems and educational material for the Barbican, the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf, National Poetry Day, National Galleries, the Write Team (Bath Festivals), The Poetry Society and Booktrust. She reads at poetry and literature events throughout the UK and her work as an educationalist has been featured in the TES.

Mandy regularly works with schools as a visiting author and is co-author of ‘Our thoughts are bees: Writers Working with Schools’ (co-written with fellow poet, Jean Sprackland). Designed for both writers and teachers, this UK guide explores the practicalities and potential of writers in schools work and can be found at www.wordplaypress.com

Mandy is a Hawthornden Fellow. She has won a number of prizes including the Ilkley and Ted Waters Memorial Prize. In its inaugural year, the Manchester Poetry Prize judges, Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker and Gillian Clarke, announced Mandy Coe and Lesley Saunders to be joint-winners of the £10,000 Manchester Poetry Prize. This new international award, organised by The Writing School at MMU, was celebrated as part of the Manchester Literary Festival.  Mandy’s collection for children, ‘If You Could See Laughter’ was shortlisted for the 2011 CLPE award.

If you would like to take part in the Masterclasses on Thurs 15th Sept 2016, please book either: Palatine Library 2-4pm (01253 478050) or Central Library 6-8pm (01253 478080). Places are limited, booking is essential, suitable for 16+. Tickets £3 inc refreshments.

This year’s theme for National Poetry Day is Messages and artwork to accompany the chosen poems have been especially created by award winning illustrators and filmmakers Emily& Anne, incorporating ideas around unusual ways to send messages.

The winners will be revealed at a special Wordpool event on National Poetry Day, Thursday 6 Oct 2016 starting from the Grundy Art Gallery at 6pm. Join them for a warming hot chocolate before taking a tour led by Mandy around the Poetry Trail featuring the poetry shop windows and featured work from Grundy Art Gallery’s NEON exhibition.

This event is FREE but places are limited. Please RSVP to [email protected] or ring Grundy Art Gallery on 01253 478170 to reserve your place.

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